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Sporty transformers

transformers1Popular coupe-style cruisers are up for anything

Marketing folks throw a dizzying array of model monikers at boat buyers. Add “coupe” to the list.

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Dream boat

dreamboat1It took most of a lifetime, but Tom Hannon finally got the Chris-Craft he always wanted

Tom Hannon had time on his hands, and he was thinking about boats, specifically a runabout for himself, wife Mary Ann, and their grown kids and grandkids. While he was shopping around and pondering the “right” boat, nostalgia took over. His mind kept returning to childhood memories of summer days spent aboard a wooden 16-foot, late 1950s-era Chris-Craft Holiday owned by his father’s friend, who vacationed with the family.

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The thrill of the Hunt 32CC

hunt1History tells us that luxury and center consoles don’t go together, but this new 32-footer proves otherwise

Once upon a time, center console boats were bare-bone machines dedicated to the requirements of offshore — and inshore — fishing. Rod holders perforated the gunwales on both sides of the cockpit, and rod racks nestled in the hollows beneath. Hinged hatches in the cockpit sole opened a bait well here, a fishbox there. Hardcore center consoles had a dual seat at the helm, with a fold-up cushion that became a leaning post for runs out to the fishing grounds. Forget seating in the rest of the boat. That would infringe on the square footage of the deck and compromise the 360-degree fish-fighting arena.

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Classics: E.C. Collier

classicsA 1987 article in the Chicago Tribune was frank in its assessment: “The E.C. Collier is dying.” The 52-footer is a two-sail bateau, a vee-bottom deadrise type of centerboard sloop known as a skipjack.

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Sweet Freedom

An Uptown Girl's former Down Easter finds a happy home in Essex, Connecticut.The look is Down East, with a tall bow and sweeping sheer line, a traditional trunk cabin with eyebrow trim and an upright, open-sided wheelhouse. But this lobster boat hull is something else: a particular shade of blue that’s at once distinctive and alluring.

Sweet Freedom is a boat of a different color.

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